Longtime TECO Leader Clinton E. Childress to Retire Dec. 31

  Longtime TECO Leader Clinton E. Childress to Retire Dec. 31

Business Wire

TAMPA, Fla. -- November 01, 2012

Clinton E. Childress, who started working for Tampa Electric as a laborer and
progressed to become a senior officer of TECO Energy (NYSE: TE), announced
today he will retire on Dec. 31 after more than four decades of service to the
company.

Clint Childress, senior vice president of Corporate Services and chief human
resources officer, is r ...

Clint Childress, senior vice president of Corporate Services and chief human
resources officer, is retiring from TECO Energy after 42 years with the
company. (Photo: Business Wire)

Childress, senior vice president of Corporate Services and the company’s chief
human resources officer, has been instrumental in shaping TECO’s corporate
values. He is known for his die-hard commitment to continuing education and
leadership development.

“Clint’s legacy with our company is unparalleled,” said John Ramil, president
and chief executive officer of TECO Energy. “His longtime leadership has been
a shining example of TECO’s values and culture. He has been a devoted champion
of safety and a compassionate mentor to many. We will greatly miss him.”

Childress’ duties will be split between two vice presidents:

  *Phil Barringer will become vice president of Corporate Services and chief
    human resources officer. In addition to his regular duties, he will be
    responsible for the purchasing, contract services, facilities, real
    estate, corporate safety, security and emergency management functions.
  *Dee Brown will become vice president of Business Strategy, Technology and
    Compliance and will continue to be the company’s chief ethics and
    compliance officer. In addition to her regular duties, she will be
    responsible for the information technology and telecommunications
    functions.

Childress began his career with Tampa Electric Co. in 1970 digging ditches as
a laborer and advanced to a lineman in Energy Delivery operations. Through the
years, Childress served in various leadership positions, including director of
Labor Relations and director of Compensation and Benefits. Childress has a
bachelor’s degree in professional management from The University of Tampa.

“TECO is the only company I have worked for since I left the military, and it
has been a wonderful journey,” Childress said. “I am looking forward to
spending more time with my family and grandchildren as I begin this new
chapter.”

Childress has been active in the United Way board of directors, Hillsborough
County Workforce Development Board, the Hillsborough County WAGES (Work to
Gain Economic Self-Sufficiency) Coalition, the Edison Electric Institute, and
the American Heart Association board, among other charitable organizations. He
served three years in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran. Childress and
his wife, Terri, have two adult sons.

TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company. Its
principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company, is a regulated utility in
Florida with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas
System). Its other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal
production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.

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